- Suburb of Seattle, WA
Bainbridge Island Reviews
Rating 3.82 out of 5 45 reviews
Beautiful greenery, but very non-diverse population, nothing for teenagers to do on island but enough for young kids and older adults
I'm a 4th generation Bainbridge Islander, and there's much to love about living here. The scenery is beautiful, people can be kind and friendly, the schools, park department, public pools, library system, and social safety net are all excellent, and there are many opportunities for outdoor activities--boating, hiking, birding, biking, gardening, etc. I happen to like the rain, and definitely enjoy the year-round mild temperatures. Drawbacks? Property is VERY expensive, there's a lack of diversity, people can now and then have a sense of entitlement, and while it's a lovely place to live for kids or over-30's, it can be a bit unexciting for teens and young adults (I left the Island for college, and only returned after my daughter was born for exactly that reason). Another thing that can frustrating is that you nearly always have to travel to Seattle or across the bridge for many activities, such as work, to see a medical specialist, or to buy basic things like socks or kids' clothes.
I like Bainbridge Island, but I think it is adequately described as a “bedroom community” for Seattle.
Bainbridge is a safe, sweet community to grow up in. The schools are amazing and the landscape is absolutely beautiful, even when it rains all through the Fall and Winter months. On the other hand, Bainbridge is a very homogenous community, comprising of mostly white upper-middle class families. Because of this, it can be difficult to fit in when you don't fit the mold of what a "Bainbridge Islander" should be. For example, being Mexican, my family was often seen and treated differently than my white friend's families. Growing up lesbian was also very isolating for me, even though Bainbridge is typically a very Democratic city. Overall, though, Bainbridge is a beautiful and quaint island off the coast of Seattle with a rich and interesting history.
A beautiful location, but it takes effort to go anywhere off the island. The community is mainly uperclass white families.
Bainbridge Island is not conservative, as Niche suggests. Like residents of Seattle, most residents of Bainbridge Island are Progressive/Liberal. BI is a beautiful place to live with wonderful outdoor activities including 65 miles of hiking trails!
Bainbridge Island is an excellent place to live, for the most part. There is a lot of community involvement. The negatives of the island are: the lack of diversity(of pretty much any kind), the high cost, and weather. People come to Bainbridge for the schools and to retire.
To be honest, not many teenagers enjoy living on Bainbridge Island. This is mostly due to the fact that there isn't much to do on a small island. However, I enjoyed living on Bainbridge because of the beautiful scenery and the close knit community. It takes 30 minutes to drive anywhere on the island, and if you make it to the edge of any part you'll be met with a fantastic view. It's worth the occasional boredom if you ask me.
Bainbridge Island is a great place to live! The education here is above expectations - especially the public schools. Food here could be improved, but poulsbo supplies additional options. The downside is frankly the Bainbridge islanders Facebook page - people with too much time on their hands! But otherwise I’m very happy to have chosen this place to live. So many extracurricular activities here, well maintained roads, city planned events (such as the Fourth of July parade!), etc.
Well it is a beautiful place to live but there are some things that go along with it. The cost of living is very high and if you do not show your wealth enough you will not be respected. I have lived on Bainbridge my entire life. The school is very dangerous for its students we had way too many suicides and no one talked about them. Problems that we have here are swept under the rug but they are there. It is an extremely white area. Mental illness is impressively ignored and denied.
Beautiful, just extremely expensive real estate creates difficult place to enter retirement age and invest in a forever place
Nice quaint town with beautiful views of the water. There are great restaurants and some nice places to walk during the summer.
Bainbridge Island is a very tight-knit community that offers a range of opportunities. The island life offers a laid-back attitude, yet still has a lot of hardworking and dedicated people on it. The community support is what makes the island so special and unique. However, if you are under the age of 21 there is not much to do here besides hangout at friends houses.
I was born in California, and moved frequently throughout my childhood. I have lived in small farming towns and coastal cities, downtown communities and tiny backwoods neighborhoods; but nowhere I have lived has left such an impression on me as Bainbridge Island has. The Island, though small, is a vibrant, beautiful place covered in soaring green forests and bordered by stunning rocky beaches. As a community the Island is extremely safe, with a fantastic education system and public parks teeming with camps and clubs in the summertime. The Island is an affluent suburb of Seattle, but has its own strong character and individual identity. Without a doubt, I have grown and flourished on this Island, and its culture will always be a part of me.
I have worked on Bainbridge Island for 9 years. Very friendly people, eco-conscious, and community oriented. Cute local shops and pretty good food. Many folk on Bainbridge Island Bike, so the island is pretty bike/ pedestrian friendly. Bainbridge Island has a very active community as a whole. From 5 years to 100 years old most of the population swims, bikes, play sports, or regularly attends the gym. Over-all a good place to live and work.
I would have liked living in Bainbridge Island more if there were more resources and more things to do.
Bainbridge Island grew on me. When I first moved here, I disliked it immensely but after finding a social footing and getting involved in the community through volunteer work and extracurriculars, I couldn't imagine a better place to grow up. It's a quiet community with a general feeling of safety where you don't have to be on edge of possible crime. The people are generally friendly and overall it is a good community. Find your niche within this town and anyone can make it work.